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Little Goblin® Red Winterberry Holly Ilex verticillata

  • Hardy Zones
    • 3 - 9
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
    • Sun
  • Season
    • Fall
    • Winter
  • Mature Size
    • 36 - 60 Inches
Proven Winners® Shrubs
Little Goblin® Red Winterberry Holly Ilex verticillata
Part Sun to Sun 36 - 60


Dwarf winterberry with lots of extra-large berries!

This unique winterberry brings you extra big and abundant rich-red berries on a dwarf plant. You will treasure this plant for gardens, mass plantings or as a cut branch. Its compact size makes it ideal for residential landscapes.

Produces Berries
Fall Interest
Winter Interest
Bog Plant
Native to North America
Small or Miniature


Plant Type: 
Shrub Type: 
Height Category: 
Garden Height: 
36 - 60 Inches
36 - 60 Inches
36 - 60 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Flower Shade: 
not significant
Foliage Colors: 
Foliage Shade: 
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Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Light Requirement: 
Maintenance Category: 
Blooms On: 
Old Wood
Bloom Time: 
Late Spring
Hardiness Zones: 
3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Heat Zones: 
Water Category: 
Border Plant
Cut Flower
Mass Planting
Uses Notes: 

Mass plantings; hedges; cutting gardens. Its dwarf size makes it a good fit for container gardens and smaller landscapes. Ilex verticillata tolerates damp conditions, and may be used in rain garden and bioswales.

PLEASE NOTE: To produce berries, you'll need a Little Goblin® Guy ilex, the male pollinator. One Little Goblin Guy will pollinate up to five Little Goblin Red and/or Little Goblin Orange winterberry hollies; plant within 50'/15.24m of one another.

Maintenance Notes: 

For complete details about growing and getting berries on winterberry holly, visit our Ultimate Guide to Winterberry Holly.

Adaptable to wet soils, does well in light and heavy soils. First class pick for planting in saturated areas. It is best to avoid pruning winterberry hollies, except to remove whole branches for cut flowers or other decorating. Regular pruning or cutting back, however, will impact the number of flowers and the quantity of fruit that the plant sets. Little pruning should be required, though very old branches can be removed in early spring if they are no longer producing vigorous growth. According to the Humane Society of America Ilex berries can be toxic to pets. This is means that the plants are generally identified as having the capability for producing a toxic reaction.

Little Goblin® Red Ilex verticillata 'NCIV1' USPP 27,109, Can 5,716
  • We just started growing this variety last year and I have several customers not pleased with this ilex type. The berries are beautiful, true, but this lex is not an evergreen, it drops its leaves. Nowhhere in the PW literature have I been able to find an image or reference regarding this attribute. If there was a reference, I could have explained this to the customers and another ilex would have been selected with no I'll feelings. Now, I have to take a loss and have several unhappy customers.

    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    Kevin Maryott
    United States
    10 weeks ago
  • Now that I have grown this plant for a few years in my garden, it's one shrub I wouldn't ever be without. All sorts of pollinators swarm the tiny flowers in early summer, and its persistent fruits are snapped up by birds in early spring. This is the only plant in my garden that has such vibrant color over the long winter. I wish I had room to plant a dozen of them! 

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Susan Martin
    United States
    32 weeks ago
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